Spend two weeks circling some of the most popular sites in Taiwan with this trip. Start off with the urban attractions of Taipei, then head out of the city to explore the nature of the Taroko Gorge National Park, followed by the many intricate rock formations and scenic attractions of the east coast. Continue through tree museums, beaches, and historic cities before you ascend into the mountains of the Alishan region, then descend past stunning Sun Moon Lake before you return to Taipei.
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One of Asia's friendliest and most underrated locales, tiny Taiwan continues to surprise travelers with the breadth of its offerings. Spend a week or two with the island's postcard-perfect countryside and legendary night market delicacies, and you'll realize why one taste of Taiwan simply isn't enough.
Where should you go in Taiwan?
You'll likely start in Taipei, the jam-packed capital—museums, shrines, and temples abound. And dining here is an experience of its own, with a stunning selection of eateries, teahouses, and buzzing night markets. North of Taipei, you'll find national parks with dramatic terrain and weather. Hiking in Yangmingshan National Park and soaking in the hot springs of Beitou are highlights. Don't miss the harbor city of Keelung, with its ancient fortresses and the country's biggest annual Ghost Festival. Central Taiwan is as scenic as it gets—bask in the views of Yushan, northeast Asia’s tallest peak, and make a stop at Sun Moon Lake. In tropical southern Taiwan, the former capital city of Tainan is a cultural powerhouse and a must-stop on any trip.
When is the best time to visit?
Spring and fall bring the most pleasant temperatures (70s and low 80s Fahrenheit), and you'll have few other travelers to contend with. July and August are considered "high season" for tourism, so skip these months to avoid the peak summer crowds, heat, and humidity. Winters are mild, with average temps in the low 60s Fahrenheit—and if you do get cold, there are over 100 natural hot springs to enjoy, many in idyllic mountain surroundings.
How many days do you need?
One week is a great amount of time to spend in Taiwan. In seven days, you can sample street food in Taipei, ride a gondola across Sun Moon Lake, explore the natural charm of the Yilan countryside, and more. Travelers with two weeks can make it a full grand tour, adding a visit to Taroko Gorge National Park, scenic stops along the east coast, and the mountains of the Alishan region.
See a unique side of Taiwan with this week-long itinerary. You'll meet many of Taiwan's indigenous ethnic groups and get to try your hand at some traditional craft-making and sample regional cuisine. The natural scenery won't be neglected either, with stops for clifftop views, dramatic rock features, and sprawling rice paddies, ending at Taroko Gorge, considered by some to be Taiwan's Grand Canyon.
Combine fitness and photos with this scenic week-long bike trip. Start out with some urban adventures in Taipei, then make your way to the spectacular Taroko Gorge National Park. After that, your biking begins, taking you through the East Rift Valley and along the Pacific Coast before you arrive in the beach town of Kenting.
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